- Four to five trillion plastic bags are manufactured each year around the world
- In 2007, Australians used 3.9 billion checkout-style plastic bags
- Plastic bags are produced from polymers derived from petroleum. The amount of petroleum used to make a plastic bag would drive a car about 11 metres
- Production contributes to air pollution and energy consumption
- It takes 1,000 years for traditional polyethylene bags to break down
- Plastic bags choke landfills and are carried by the wind into forests, rivers, lakes and the sea
- 1 billion seabirds and mammals die per year by ingesting plastic bags
In October 2008, South Australia banned checkout-style plastic bags. That's 400 million less bags each year polluting our land, rivers and sea. You, too, can embrace the advance against plastic bags pollution - say no to plastic bags and choose environmentally friendly shopping bags.
Ruth y Nohemi, a weaving cooperative in Guatemala, was founded as a way for women to organize and market their handicrafts. Through the project the women are able to ensure the survival of their families, their village and their culture.
Fair Travel means respecting your hosts, valuing their culture, caring about their environment, and ensuring that the material and intangible benefits of your travel are shared with local communities.
Fair Trade, too, is based on respect and mutual benefits. The local society, culture and environment are central to fairtrade considerations.
New Internationalist offers a range of backpacks, bags and wallets to support your fair travel experience.
- Hemp, one of the oldest plants used by people for paper, clothing, ropes, canvas, and shelter, requires little or no fertilisers or pesticides to grow successfully.
- Organic cotton, grown without pesticides and processed without other nasties.
- Jute, or hessian, is a fast growing, rainfed crop. Jute production supports many village communities across India, Bangladesh and Thailand. Jute plants are noted for their ability to absorb greenhouse gases - one hectare can consume around 15 tons of CO2 over a growing season.
New Internationalist supports Fair Trade producers like The Chetna Organic Cotton Project. Fair Trade promotes a fair wage and fair working conditions, encouraging developing world producers to help themselves.
A little about The Chetna Organic Cotton Project: Say NO to pesticides that poison three million people every year, and help make trade fairer at the same time.
New Internationalist Australia is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, which means we have to stock a percentage of Fair Trade products, and also adhere to Fair Trade practices ourselves. Great for supporting producers rights, and also for our staff.
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